Fair Isle knitting creative workshop

(10 customer reviews)


Postponed due to COVID-19 virus

10:00–16:00, Saturday, 28 March 2020
Being Knitterly Studio, Loughborough, Leicestershire
7 maximum.

This workshop is suitable for you, whether you are new to stranded colourwork, or want to improve your technique. You’ll practise stranded colourwork techniques by knitting a swatch or projects designed by Nicki.



Extend your skills and increase your creative confidence

One day Fair Isle knitting creative workshop

Join knitwear designer Nicki Merrall to learn stranded colourwork techniques as used in Fair Isle knitting.

Fair Isle knitting is justifiably admired for the variety of patterns and the beautiful use of colour. Join Nicki to learn about different stranded colourwork traditions as well as learning and practising techniques and knitting a project. Beginners will build up from simple motifs and easy techniques to more complex motifs and harder techniques as you knit a headband. Improvers will knit and cut a small steek before knitting a project designed by Nicki.


10:00–16:00, Saturday, 28 March 2020
Being Knitterly Studio, Loughborough, Leicestershire
7 maximum.


The Being Knitterly Studio is in a beautiful Edwardian house in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Hope & Elvis is a large studio run by Louise Asher. It is situated in the tranquil Harley Foundation studios at Welbeck, North Nottinghamshire.

Full details and directions will be sent to you upon booking.

Workshop comprises:

  • A designer’s ‘show and tell’ using Nicki’s designs, swatches and knitting books.
  • An introduction to stranded colourwork traditions, such as Fair Isle knitting.
  • Tuition on stranded colourwork techniques.
  • An introduction to colour theory.
  • Lunch (at the Being Knitterly Studio only).
  • Refreshments all day together with home-baked cake in the afternoon.
  • A project as well as advice on what to try next.

Nicki will email you to ask about your experience with stranded colourwork, to help her decide which skills to teach you.

Stranded colourwork beginners will learn to:

  • Read a stranded colourwork chart.
  • Knit with yarn in each hand.
  • Strand and weave the yarns.
  • Understand yarn dominance.
  • Knit in the round.
  • Use differences in tone to choose colours.

Beginners will build up from simple motifs and easy techniques to more complex motifs and harder techniques as you knit a headband.

Stranded colourwork improvers will learn to:

  • Knit a two-colour rib.
  • Make and finish a steek (yes, you’ll be cutting your knitting!).
  • Improve your stranded colourwork technique.

You will practise techniques by working a small swatch in the round. Then you’ll use more complex motifs, using several colours, to make a larger project.

Price includes:

  • Tuition.
  • Shetland yarn for samples and projects.
  • Lunch (at the Being Knitterly Studio only).
  • Refreshments together with home-baked cake in the afternoon.

Please bring:

  • Notebook and pen.
  • 3.00 mm crochet hook.
  • 3.25 mm knitting needles of your preferred type for working small circumferences.
  • Two stitch holders.
  • Yarn scissors.
  • A yarn needle.

Double-pointed and circular knitting needles will be available to purchase.


  • Stranded colourwork beginner: (you can cast-on and off, knit and purl and follow a basic pattern).
  • Stranded colourwork improver: (you can knit in the round and, although not necessarily an expert, you can strand and weave yarns when doing stranded colourwork).

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10 reviews for Fair Isle knitting creative workshop

  1. Mrs Katie Mansfield (verified owner)

    Great workshop. Nicki is a very good teacher, really patient and spends equal time with each participant. It was a good sized small group which enabled everyone to get a lot out of it.
    I’ve never been to a workshop in someone’s house before. It felt very welcoming and relaxed. Nicki went to a lot of trouble with the catering, all homemade food and the cake was amazing!

    • Being Knitterly

      I’m glad you enjoyed the workshop Katie. My aim is for each workshop to be a special experience: I’m glad I succeeded on Saturday!

  2. Jane Sansom (verified owner)

    Another lovely workshop. Nicki’s skilled & calm teaching helps everyone, whatever level they are working at. She provides history & background to Fairisle knitting as well as a fab lunch & cakes!

    Her own patterns & colours for this workshop are really lovely & I couldn’t put my project down!

    • Being Knitterly

      I’m glad you enjoyed the workshop and liked the purse pattern so much. I love those colours too: I really must use them for another design!

  3. Linda Hearn

    Excellent workshop, Nicki is a excellent teacher and so patient with everybody. I felt so much more confident with my fair isle technique. Thank you

    • Being Knitterly

      I’m glad you enjoyed the workshop, Linda. I hope you feel confident enough to knit and finish steeks now!

  4. Kim McDonald (verified owner)

    Highly recommend this workshop, Nicki is a very experienced and knowledgeable tutor, she is also very thorough and patient, I learned so much from her as I am a total novice, and came home eager to get stuck in and finish my project, which I was able to do with confidence. Looking forward to carrying on using my new found skills, and working towards an improvers workshop. Thank you Nicki

    • Being Knitterly

      Your swatch and finished pincushion look great Kim! And you know all the techniques that you will need for the lavender bag kit that you bought.

  5. Diane (verified owner)

    This is the third one of Nicki’s workshops that I have attended. She is a great teacher and I really enjoy my days with her. The Fair Isle knitting workshop provides a good balance of background/history, information and practical experience. I came away with more confidence for my Fair Isle knitting journey and lots of practical hints and tips. The highlight for me was the steeking exercise! Thank you Nicki.

    • Being Knitterly

      Now you’ve knitted and cut a steek, there will be no looking back!

  6. Margaret Andrew (verified owner)

    I concur with all the comments made by the other participants. Thoroughly enjoyable, informative and instructive. I would definitely attend others to extend my skills. I just need to practice now before I forget what I have learnt!

  7. Liz (verified owner)

    This was a great introduction to Fair Isle knitting which I had never tried before. The brief introduction to the history of Fair Isle was fascinating, while the practical projects were challenging but achievable even by a novice like me. The course has definitely inspired me to take on more complex knitting projects – thanks Nicki!

  8. Sue (verified owner)

    Really enjoyable and informative workshop. The day started with Nicki giving a short presentation about the background of Fair Isle knitting which was very interesting. The day was well structured, all materials provided were good quality and project well thought through. Nicki’s knowledge is invaluable and I learnt a lot which helped improve my confidence (and knitting). I have been on Nikck’s workshops before and know they are never disappointing and always good value for money. Keep up the good work Nicki!

  9. Ann (verified owner)

    This was a really enjoyable, well taught course and I shall certainly be keen to attend another course this year. I learnt a lot of new techniques and now I no longer end up with balls of tangled wool! I’m quite a slow knitter but Nicki was very patient. I can highly recommend the tea and lemon drizzle cake which appeared in the afternoon to spur us all on.

  10. Linda (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this workshop . It made you think!! I learnt new techniques which were very useful and will come in handy even if I am not knitting Fair Isle. It really helps having someone as patient as Nicki to explain the techniques and then sort out the problems when they occur. You go home more confident to try it at home .

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